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The Pittsburgh Foundation Discretionary Grants

Grants to Pennsylvania Nonprofits for Programs and
Projects to Benefit Communities in Eligible Regions

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Foundation / Corporation

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The Pittsburgh Foundation

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Deadline Date:

09/15/20 5:00 PM


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Grants to Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations for programs and projects to benefit communities in eligible regions. Applicants must submit a letter of inquiry prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended for programs to foster healthy communities, create self-sufficient individuals and families, and create a vibrant democracy, and to support community projects. Nonprofit organizations must be located within Allegheny County or demonstrate service to Allegheny County residents.

The Foundation will support proposals within the following priority areas:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 130289

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To qualify for grantmaking support from The Pittsburgh Foundation's discretionary funds, applying nonprofit organizations must be:
- Designated by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization. (If the organization does not have 501(c)(3) status, it may apply utilizing a fiscal sponsor.)

Pre-Application Information:

The Foundation awards grants through its discretionary grant-making cycle four times a year. Please be aware of grant cycles when considering the timing of your application. It may take six to eight weeks from the date of initial inquiry to be invited to submit a full application.


- Letter of Inquiry - Dec. 5, 2019 (5 p.m.)
- Full Application - Jan. 6, 2020 (5 p.m.)
- For Funding Decisions By - Feb. 12, 2020

- Letter of Inquiry - Feb. 25, 2020 (11:59 p.m.)
- Full Application - March 16, 2020 (11:59 p.m.)
- For Funding Decisions By - May 27, 2020

- Letter of Inquiry - May 12, 2020 (11:59 p.m.)
- Full Application - June 9, 2020 (11:59 p.m.)
- For Funding Decisions By - Aug. 5, 2020

- Letter of Inquiry - Aug. 18, 2020 (11:59 p.m.)
- Full Application - Sept. 15, 2020 (11:59 p.m.)
- For Funding Decisions By - Nov. 18, 2020

Dates for funding decision may be subject to change. The Foundation may adjust the timing of grants in consideration for funding.

Applying is a multi-stage process:
1. Create an organizational profile.
2. Submit a letter of inquiry.
3. Submit a full application, if invited.

To submit a letter of inquiry, your organization must have an organizational profile. Please create your profile well in advance of the deadline to avoid last-minute issues.

More information about eligibility:


How to apply:

Create an organizational profile:

How to submit a letter of inquiry:

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit a letter of inquiry:

For inquiries about the application system:
Jennifer Steinmetz
Business Systems Manager
(412) 394-4272

Contact form:
Phone: 412-391-5122
Fax: 412-391-7259

The Pittsburgh Foundation
5 PPG Place, Suite 250
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-5414

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Pennsylvania: Allegheny County

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